Breaking News: Major Fire Incident in London Tower Block

A fire broke out at 12:55am on Wednesday morning in London in the North Kensington area, inside a 24 story building block on Grenfell Road and with numerous inhabitants still trapped inside whilst the building burns.

A total number of circa 120 flats exist within the building and the fire is believed to have begun on a lower floor, whilst people were asleep and the building is believed to have been at a full capacity of residents and tenants, after a recent refurbishment to the building within the estate.

Mayor Sadiq Khan took to Twitter and described this as a “major incident” as people reported screams in the night. Forty firefighters, helicopters and 200 Firemen were dispatched to the emergency call and now at around 5:30am the fire is still not in control, as you can see on this live link below courtesy of RT News.

The building is five minutes walk from Latimer Road and is close to Westfield Shopping Centre, on Grenfell Road, called Grenfell Tower, which was built in the 1970s and early reports claim that it may have started from a faulty fridge.

George Clark, TV host of Amazing Spaces told Radio 5 Live, who lives 100 metres away from the building, said, “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out. The guys are doing an incredible job to try and get people out that building, but it’s truly awful.”

This scene looks like something reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks and we hope that the people inside the building did and could get out on time, but firefighters have reported a problem reaching the fire, due to the ordeal of quenching the blaze moving upwards.

Grenfell Tower and how it looked before the blaze. Credit: WITTGroupUK

It is not initially thought that this is in any way terror related, but at this stage, who knows? Faulty wiring and bad safety measures within the building, could be to blame and a resident mentioned that back in 2012, there was a fire scare.

We repeat, it is not thought that this incident is in any way terror related.

However, early news reports say it is due to a refrigerator exploding and the building consists of a diverse community and is reportedly full of families and children. The fire has now been going on for more than six hours.

Our thoughts are with all the people, families and victims affected by this fire in West London. We will keep you updated as further news develops of the official reasons of this blaze and just how many are rescued and how many are deceased. This is a terrible incident and our prayers go out to those that are caught up in the blaze.

Many people are still unaccounted for. Thirty patients have been taken to five hospitals. Also, stories of people jumping from the building to their deaths, have also been reported by nearby residents.

 

Another sad day in London.

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Featured Photo Credit: BBC News

 

UPDATES:

  • Residents report Health and Safety Protocol always told them to Stay in their Flats, in case of a fire.
  • Reports suggest that the Building had recently been covered in cladding. What is cladding? Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide skin or layer intended to control the infiltration of weather elements. Question is, can it be a fire hazard or accelerant?
  • 6 People Confirmed Dead so far, with many other burn victims.
  • 12 Confirmed Dead with death toll set to rise.
  • Rescuers won’t enter Grenfell Tower to remove bodies yet, due to the building being unstable. It’s not safe they say.
  • At Least 30 people confirmed dead in London Fire in Grenfell Tower, plus more expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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